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A Leading Exterior Remodeling Contractor

Founded in 2002 by William Barr and Michael Strmac, Universal Windows Direct has dedicated itself to constant and never-ending improvement. From our humble beginnings as a local home improvement company, we have grown into one of the largest exterior remodeling contractors in the country. With a strong belief in the power of customer-centric service, our entire team, from founders to installers, puts customers first.

I Love My Windows logoAt Universal Windows Direct, our mission is clear: to provide the highest-quality home improvement products at the best market prices while delivering a first-class customer experience. We take pride in offering exceptional products that adhere to the industry’s strictest standards. Whether it’s our UniShield® windows, doors, and siding, or our roofing, gutter protection, and attic insulation from top brands, our products are designed with energy efficiency, beauty, durability, and ease of maintenance in mind.

Co-founders William Barr and Michael Strmac meet at The Diner on Clifton in Cleveland, OH to discuss launching a new business together. Universal Windows Direct is created from that meeting.

The first office location is opened in Akron, OH

Mike & Bill hire UWD’s first employee – Eric Sears

UWD relocates their office to Valley View, OH

UWD opens it’s first authorized retail (dealer) location

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #129 home improvement company in the nation.

UWD relocates to Oakwood Village, OH

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #73 home improvement company in the nation.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #46 home improvement company in the nation.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #32 exterior remodeling company in the nation.

Mike and Bill receive the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Weatherhead 100 award winner.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #34 home improvement company in the nation.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #26 exterior remodeling company in the nation.

Universal Windows Direct of Charlotte location opened

CEO William Barr featured in Small Business Magazine.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #31 home improvement company in the nation.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #16 exterior remodeling company in the nation.

Window & Door Magazine – 2012 Dealer of the Year for Excellence in Marketing.

Inc. 5000 – One of the fastest growing companies in the nation.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #28 home improvement company in the nation.

The UWD motto and jingle are born: You’ll be saying… “I Love My Windows!”

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #16 exterior remodeling company in the nation.

Remodeling Magazine – #14 on the Remodeling 550 list

Voted a Top Workplace 2014.

Partnership with the Brian Hoyer of the Cleveland Browns

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #29 home improvement company in the nation.

Weatherhead 100 Winner – #43 fastest growing company in the region.

William Barr, “Four Keys for Setting and Achieving Goals” – TEDx

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #23 exterior remodeling company in the nation.

Remodeling Magazine – #15 on the Remodeling 550 list

Partnership with Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #20 home improvement company in the nation.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #17 home improvement pro list.

Launch of the Free Window Experience

Universal Windows Direct of Indianapolis location opened

Remodeling Magazine – #11 on the Remodeling 550 list

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #16 home improvement company in the nation.

Remodeling Magazine – #9 on the Remodeling 550 list

Partnership with the Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns

Universal Windows Direct of Columbus location opened

Celebrating 15 years of service!

Partnership with the Cleveland Indians

Buy in July promotion is a huge success. UWD gives away over $2 million in home improvement because the Cleveland Indians win 15 games in a row

Voted a Top Workplace 2017

Universal Windows Direct of St Louis location opened

Remodeling Magazine – #7 on the Remodeling 550 list

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #15 home improvement company in the nation.

Universal Windows Direct of Northwest Kentucky (Louisville) opened.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #11 home improvement company in the nation.

Remodeling Magazine – #8 on the Remodeling 550 list

Partnership with the Indianapolis Colts

Voted a Top Workplace 2018

Weatherhead 100 Winner

Partnership with Ohio State University Athletics

Renewed our partnership with Joe Thomas formerly of the Cleveland Browns

Universal Windows Direct of Pittsburgh opened.

UWD’s new home is designed to create a more fluid customer service experience while providing employees an exceptional place to grow professionally and personally.

Voted a Top Workplace 2019

Inc. 5000 #870 – One of the fastest growing companies in the nation.

Remodeling Magazine – #7 on the Remodeling 550 list

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #10 home improvement company in the nation.

Universal Windows Direct of Chicago opened

Universal Windows Direct of Milwaukee opened.

Qualified Remodeler Magazine – #12 home improvement company in the nation.

Developed Virtual Consultations in response to the Global Pandemic – allowing us to continue providing service to homeowners while protecting both them and our employees.

Voted a Top Workplace 2020

Remodeling Magazine – #6 on the Remodeling 550 list

The Future

The future for Universal Windows Direct will continue to revolve around our philosophy of constant and never ending improvement. For our employees, this means always working to be the best, always growing, and always learning. For our customers, this means getting only the best quality products possible, at a reasonable value,…Read More

An Exterior Remodeling Company That Puts Customers First

Our team is passionate about what they do and eager to share their expertise with our valued customers. Our qualified craftsmen are industry-leading installers with years of experience in the home improvement business. Every interaction is marked by respect, attentive listening, and prompt response to your concerns and inquiries. We are committed to getting every detail right, every time.

With a 95% customer satisfaction score, numerous accolades, and advanced certifications, Universal Windows Direct is trusted by homeowners across our service areas. Our dedication to providing an exceptional remodeling experience sets us apart. As an exterior remodeling contractor, we prioritize constant improvement, a True Lifetime Warranty, white-glove service, budget-friendly solutions, and unbeatable value. Join the countless satisfied customers who have experienced the difference of choosing Universal Windows Direct.

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Customer Reviews

See why over 35,000 homeowners are saying, “I Love My Windows!”

“Very professional and efficient. They replaced 10 windows and a sliding door in our home in about six hours. We’re very happy with the product.”

Cody L. / Pittsburgh, PA

“Installer showed up on time and called prior to arrival. He quickly and accurately installed the window plus cleaned up afterwards. I will definitely recommend Universal Windows Direct.”

Albert B. / Bedford Heights, OH

“Installer showed up on time and called prior to arrival. He quickly and accurately installed the window plus cleaned up afterwards. I will definitely recommend Universal Windows Direct.”

Albert B. / Bedford Heights, OH

“Very professional and efficient. They replaced 10 windows and a sliding door in our home in about six hours. We’re very happy with the product.”

Cody L. / Pittsburgh, PA

“I am very pleased with the service and the quality of my replacement windows. They look great. They look so great I decided to paint the laundry room and declutter it!”

Danielle L. / Chicago, IL

“I am very pleased with the service and the quality of my replacement windows. They look great. They look so great I decided to paint the laundry room and declutter it! ”

Danielle L. / Chicago, IL
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